PayPal Is Exploring Crypto and Dogecoin Can Buy Tesla Merch in This Week’s Business and Crypto Roundup

While HYPETALKS is back with Doodles for another Twitter Spaces event on January 17 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Many brands are starting to see a recovery despite the challenges initially brought on by the pandemic. Some businesses, especially ones that focused efforts on expanding e-commerce ventures, have even seen profits rise even higher than before.

HYPEBEAST has rounded up the top business and crypto stories of the week so you can stay in the know about trends across industries.

Business

1. Mystery box brand HEAT received a $5 million USD Antler/LVMH investment

The investment will allow the company to elevate its offerings. “HEAT is here to disrupt the traditional approach to luxury fashion,” CEO Joe Wilkinson told HYPEBEAST.

2. Reddit has reportedly picked Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs for help with its IPO

Sources told Reuters that JPMorgan Chase is also one of the top underwriters of the deal. Reddit filed for an IPO in December.

3. Instagram is reportedly developing a tool to let users rearrange their profile grid

Leaker Alessandro Paluzzi recently shared that the social media platform is “working on the ability to edit the profile grid allowing you to rearrange posts in any order you like.” The screenshots shared on Twitter showed an “Edit Grid” button in the profile settings.

4. Twitter Spaces will not let all hosts record audio

The move is part of its effort to compete with Clubhouse. When starting a session, you can now hit “Record Space” and the audio recording will be saved for 30 days, with public playback also enabled.

5. PayPal is exploring launching its own cryptocurrency

The payments company announced that it’s exploring the idea of launching its own stablecoin. “I don’t think that we have seen a stablecoin that works well for payments yet,” Jose Fernandez da Ponte, senior vice president of crypto and digital currencies at PayPal, told Bloomberg.

Crypto

1. Jack Dorsey’s Block is getting into Bitcoin mining

Block, the financial services company founded by Dorsey formerly known as Square Inc., is building a Bitcoin mining system. “We want to make mining more distributed and efficient in every way, from buying, to set up, to maintenance, to mining,” Block’s general manager of hardware Thomas Templeton tweeted.

2. Bitcoin briefly dipped below $40,000 USD and Ethereum went under $3,000 USD

These prices marked a major drop for both coins — Bitcoin hasn’t slid below $40,000 USD since August, while Ethereum has managed to stay above $3,000 USD since September. Overall, the crypto market was down by $0.92% on Monday, according to Coinbase

3. Kim Kardashian and Floyd Mayweather were sued for promoting an alleged crypto scam

Kim Kardashian and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are being sued alongside several others for endorsing cryptocurrency EthereumMax and sharing posts of the coin to millions of followers on their social media platforms. The class-action lawsuit alleges that EthereumMax is a “pump-and-dump” scheme created by a “mysterious group of cryptocurrency developers.”

4. Dogecoin rose in price after Elon Musk said it could be used to purchase Tesla merchandise

The price of Dogecoin jumped more than 15% on Friday, according to figures via CNBC. The coin reached a price of $0.20 USD at roughly 1:19 a.m. ET before settling at a price of $0.18 USD after 7 a.m. ET.

5. HYPETALKS is back with Doodles for an all-new Twitter Spaces discussion

HYPEBEAST will return for another installment of its HYPETALKS panel series on Monday, January 17, on Twitter Spaces. The upcoming session is titled “In Web3 and Beyond” and enlists the creators of community-driven NFT project Doodles, including founders Evan KeastJordan Castro and artist Burnt Toast (Scott Martin), to discuss art in web3.

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